Happy Fluffy Things to Prove The World is Not Total Crap

Happy Fluffy Things to Prove The World is Not Total Crap

Adrienne BoettingerSaturday,23 August 2014

The Snap:

There is a lot of awfulsauceness happening everywhere you look. Wars, injustice, cruelty, indifference, Congress, disease, poverty; the list goes on and on. But sometimes, all the crap is a little bit more than we can take. Thankfully it’s at moments like these that we see glimmers of redeeming qualities of the human race.

The Download:

Check out these tales of joy and inspiration and remember them the next time you want to staple things to your coworker’s head.

1. Family reunited after tsunami. During the massive tsunami that devastated southeast Asia in 2004, the Rangkuti family had their 7-year-old and 4-year-old children ripped from their arms. But now, 10 years later, the couple found their daughter, who later helped them find their son.

2. 99-year-old woman sews buttload of dresses for children in Africa. Lillian Weber is one badass do-gooder. At 99 years of age, she sews one dress a day for an outreach group called Little Dresses For Africa. She personalizes each dress with a special embellishment; she’s made over 850 of them and has no plans to stop.

3. Thief returns stolen car to single mom. It sucks to have your car stolen, especially when you’re a single mom scraping to get by. When Megan Bratten’s car was stolen, she sent some choice four-letter worded texts to the thief who stole her minivan (and her cellphone). But then she tried a different tack and gently explained her situation to the thief who was so moved that he returned her car and apologized.

4. Ebola patients released from hospital. Two American aid workers who had contracted the deadly virus while helping stricken patients in Africa were successfully treated and released from Emory University Hospital. On the day he was released, the now recovered Dr. Brantly was still thinking of others, saying, “Above all, I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and I’m glad for any attention my sickness has attracted to the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic.”

5. Good news amidst frustration and fear in Ferguson. It’s tough to find anything good in the death of an 18-year-old unarmed boy and the mounting violence that has overwhelmed the town of Ferguson. Teachers, concerned that the violence was delaying the start of school, have volunteered their time and talents to work with students at the public library. Local food banks and neighbors are also pitching in to make sure the children who typically depend on school lunches for nourishment, don’t go hungry during this time. And activists are trying to turn the anger and frustration of protesters into getting them involved in peaceful participation in the democratic process with voter registration drives.

6. Woman reunited with her dog after 8 years. Lashena Harris’ beloved bulldog was stolen from her 8 years ago. Miraculously, her dog was recently found and returned to Harris proving that good things come to those who wait.

7. Strangers help family devastated by wildfire. The kindness of strangers saved a man, his pregnant wife and their four children after wildfires consumed their home. The community came together to donate food, clothes, household goods and much more to the Sekerke family.

8. Canceled wedding feeds the homeless. Canceling a wedding is never a pleasant experience but Willie and Carol Fowler turned their daughter’s canceled wedding into a wonderful dinner for the homeless in Atlanta and planned to make it an annual event.

 

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